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I came across an article today while searching for news stories with particular themes (for my Humanities class), and it really touched me. I’ll provide a link to it at the end of my post. Basically, a college student posted a picture on a site called “Reddit” of a message someone wrote and taped to a stall in the girls’ bathroom. Her caption for the picture states that for once, someone replied to all the heart-breaking things girls write on the stalls. I’ve never seen such a kind act like this…it was heart-warming to read, yet sad at the same time…because of what some girls have written. Here’s what the message said:

“To the girl who was raped: You are so strong. I cannot fathom the pain you must have gone through. The fact that you have the bravery to write it (even on a bathroom wall) gives me hope. 
To the girl with eating disorders: I promise you, although I don’t know you, you are beautiful, you deserve your health. You deserve freedom from that hell.
To the girl with the alcoholic father: I am so sorry for the agony it must cause. Again, such courage is remarkable you must be such a strong person to see such pain.
To the girl whose father died: Missing them never goes away. The ache of their absence never goes away. But the love they had, the memories you share surely must last. I am sure, out of the bottom of my heart, the people who have left you in this world are exceptionally proud of the person you are.
Everytime (sic) I see these walls, these confessions, I feel so blessed to know I have the priviledge (sic) of seeing them. Your moments, these secrets, are all precious even though they are sad. To all of you (including those I did not mention, and those who have not yet written)

-You are worthy.
-You are strong.
-You are brave.
-You are loved.
-Somebody cares.”

Then someone else replied to that and wrote a thank you note. Can you imagine how alone those girls felt? So alone, that they had to resort to writing in anonymity on a bathroom stall because they couldn’t talk to anyone?

This is the very reason why I want to be a either a counselor or school psychologist. I hate the idea of young adults and teens having to go through things like this alone.

The point is, you never know what someone may be going through. So always try to be the kind of person whom others know they can come to. You don’t always have to say something back, just listen. Sometimes, all they need is to get it off their chest…they just need someone to lend an ear or a shoulder.

Here’s the link to the story: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/anonymous-encouraging-message-posted-university-restroom-172524530.html